Being a manager in the new flexible work-market often implicate, that you have to create an including environment through a virtual computer-screen. This is the case if you´re working globally, but also is your employees are working entirely or partly from home.
The challenge is to keep the company “glued” together, and the principles coverning distance management are basically the same as those behind global management: Delegating responsibility, thinking bigger and with greater diversity.
The visible manager
One of the most important demands a modern manager is faced with is the need to stand out distinctly and communicate clearly. Bad management is often characterized by discord between strategy and objectives, or the fact that strategy and objectives aren´t clearly defined.
Talking distance management, it becomes even more important with clearly defined strategies and objectives, as distance management in many ways demand more in terms of tranparency and clarity than traditional management. Choosing the right projects, the right teams and cultivating the right culture becomes even more important.
Motivating the employees and creating a visible management is a great challenge.
Home offices may help attract the right employees, as it helps establish the flexibility so much in demand these years. The challenge is including the employees in the work community and creating a visible whole, as a certain physical presence is necessary for the feeling of inclusion.
Visible management is very much about establishing and assuring the needed physical contact and communication on a regular basis.
Distance management put new demands on management to create inspiration, motivation and overview in cyberspace.To some this is easy and already part of the culture, to others it is new and demands a total transformation.
Notwithstanding the company-culture in general it´s important when managing on a distance to stay updated on the wellbeing of your employees. Are they thriving out there? And are they producing the results expected of them? Are to of the most important questions.